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ERIC Number: EJ1144735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-144X
Visual Literacy Development through the Mediation of Grade 4 English Textbooks
Sibanda, Jabulani; Sibanda, Lucy
Journal of Visual Literacy, v32 n2 p39-65 2013
The multimodal world learners inhabit demands visual literacy among other literacies if learners are to effectively navigate its terrain. In this study, we sought to understand the extent to which five Grade 4 English textbooks currently used in some schools in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa facilitated the development of visual literacy through their presentation of visuals. A review of literature on the merits and tenets of, as well as studies related to, visual literacy development informed the categories that we used for a content analysis of the textbooks. Findings from the study point to an acceptable level of quantitative use of visuals in all the textbooks which, however, is not adequately complemented by a qualitative use of the visuals for visual literacy development. On the basis of that conclusion, we recommend the constant review of materials design and textbook design in particular, to ensure they are reflective of the current literacies; as well as the need for teachers to institute compensatory measures to counter the limitations of the textbooks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A